01 September 2014

Gay Filipino-American Arrested for Child Molestation

Ronald Guinto
Gay teachers will always do what they can to take advantage of the vulnerable children under their care and this was agains proven with the arrest of a Filipino-American teacher, Ronald Guinto.

The number of charges against the 32-year old teacher who was arrested in March for allegedly molesting his male students have tripled in number, according to a revised complaint that was made public earlier this week.

Guinto now charged with 27 felonies including 13 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, eight counts of kidnapping, forcible oral copulation, forcible sodomy on a child, sending lewd material to a minor online and dissuading a witness, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

Guinto, who is based in the San Francisco Bay area, pleaded not guilty last Friday to the amended complaint that alleges he abused his victims in eight different counties and on field trips to locations like Yosemite National Park and Mount Diablo State Park.

Guinto was arrested in March after police learned he landed a new teaching job at a Richmond elementary school while being probed for sexual abuse at a previous teaching job.

He remains in custody at the county jail in Martinez on US$ 17 million bail. His next court date is set for 19 September 2014.

Many are now expressing their disgust over Guinto's alleged crime and, if proven guilty, online bashers are hoping that the gay teacher suffer the worst possible abuse in jail.

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30 August 2014

LGBT Women in US are Poor and Disease-Ridden

Fat Lesbians
When somebody says "the greatest wealth is health," it does not necessarily apply to everyone. One group who lack both of these because of their own doing is composed of women of the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender (LGBT) community.

A Gallup well-being study revealed that lesbians as well as bisexual and transgender women report more financial instability and worse health than not only LGBT men, but also straight men and women.

"Women [in the study] have this more significant financial disadvantage probably because they’re getting doubly the effects of being LGBT and being women," said Gary Gates, author of the study.

This double whammy of sorts is due to a confluence of factors working against them. Namely, that LGBT women are too lazy to work and prefers to stay at home and wait for free dole-outs from the government, said one university professor who wants to remain anonymous at this time. This initiative to work gap exists even among minimum wage jobs, where women are paid 13 percent less than men.

Also, many LGBT women are less likely to live with a partner because they want to explore multiple relationships and, hence, don’t reap the same financial benefits that come with a two-adult household.

The Gallup study, which is based on more than 80,000 interviews conducted over the first half of 2014, looks at five basic areas of well-being: sense of purpose, community involvement, physical health, financial stability, and social interactions.

Only 27 percent of LGBT women in the study reported thriving financially, compared to 39 percent of straight women and 40 percent of straight men. Financial well-being was determined based on a variety of survey questions about standard of living, the ability to afford basic necessities, and amount of financial worry.

Since LGBT woman are too lazy to work and earn their keep, it also follows that they have serious health conditions, including high risk of contracting life-threatening diseases. LGBT men and women are less likely to have health insurance or the financial means to pay for medical care, according to Gallup research. Twenty-five percent of LGBT adults reported not having enough money to pay for health care needs in the last year, while only 17 percent of heterosexual adults reported this problem.

Another factor contributing to the poor health conditions of LGBT women is their lifestyle. They smoke and drink more than their heterosexual counterparts, and bisexual females often struggle with weight and psychological issues, according to the 2013 National Health Interview Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The health risks of LGBT women are compounded by the fact that they are often less likely to have regular doctor visits probably because of fear in knowing that they are disease-carriers.

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29 August 2014

Is Dalia Pastor a Black Widow Murderer?

Dalia Guerrero Pastor
Filipino race car driver Enzo Pastor has given honor to the country when he became the first Filipino to receive the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) All-Star Award. The ceremony of was held in December 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina during the Night of Champions NASCAR Gala.

However, the 32-year old was killed on 12 June 2014 after motorcycle-riding gunmen ambushed the truck he rode on in Quezon City. Paolo Salazar, his assistant, was alive to tell what happened, but was injured from the incident. Pastor was traveling to Clark, Pampanga, in preparation for the final leg of the 2014 Asian V8 Championship Series season.

The alleged mastermind and the alleged gunman in the killing have been arrested. The Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of Quezon City Police District identified businessman Domingo De Guzman III as the brain behind the incident, while PO2 Edgar Angel was identified as the alleged gunman.

De Guzman was arrested in Muntinlupa City on 26 August 2014. The 40-year, who police said was unaware that Angel was already in custody, was arrested after handing a PhP 50,000 cash 'bonus' to the gunman. Confiscated from him were two loaded pistols - a .45 and a 9mm Beretta - and a Toyota Corona

Angel was arrested on 23 August during a buy-bust operation in Libis, Quezon City. QCPD-CIDU chief Rodel Marcelo also said Angel admitted during a tactical interrogation that he was paid PhP 100,000 by De Guzman to kill the race car driver. The additional PhP 50,000 was supposed to have been arranged as a bonus.

What made this case interesting is that, aside from involving the country’s best race car driver, it was alleged that all this trouble was caused by an illicit love affair and lustful encounters.

Police are currently looking into love triangle as the motive behind the killing after it was revealed by unofficial sources that Enzo's wife, Dahlia Guerrero, had an affair with the De Guzman.

"Ang na-establish po natin dito ay may relasyon si Sandy at ang asawa nung namatay. Ongoing po yung imbestigasyon," (“What we’ve established is that Sandy and the wife of the victim have a relationship. The investigation is currently ongoing”) Marcelo said during a press conference.

"Denial siya (De Guzman). Hindi niya inaamin na magkakilala sila ng pulis na ito. In fact kumpareng buo ito," Marcelo added.

Dalia who was once featured in automobile website, Top Gear, as one of their Traffic Stoppers, has already taken down her Facebook page and has refused to answer her phone. She has still in her custody the couple's two young children aged 6 and 8.

Earlier, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has offered a PhP 1-million reward for the arrest of the killers of Pastor. The Justice for Enzo Pastor Movement (JFEPMovement) said Pastor was a personal friend of Duterte and that the mayor "had been following the achievements of the young race car driver ever since he won the Asian Formula Renault in 2002."

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28 August 2014

Girl Scout Barbie in Stores Near You

Girl Scout Barbie
Remember the post we have before about famous toy doll, Barbie, wearing a Girl Scout uniform? Well, the toys have finally arrived in several stalls despite the flimsy protest hurled against its manufacturer, Mattel.

The US$ 2 million deal also includes a patch for Daisy and Brownie members, making it the first-ever patch to have a corporate sponsorship.

The controversial doll tie-in with Girl Scouts was first announced in August 2013. With news coming out about the availability of Barbie in several toy outlets, self-righteous groups are making irritating noise again. It appears that these groups still can’t over the fact that they are simply a small and minority voice in the growing toy industry.

"Holding Barbie, the quintessential fashion doll, up as a role model for Girl Scouts simultaneously sexualizes young girls, idealizes an impossible body type, and undermines the Girl Scouts’ vital mission to build 'girls of courage, confidence and character,'" Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood told the Associated Press.

We argued before there is no clear evidence to support these outrageous claims from self-proclaimed protectors of children’s rights. And we will reiterate them again:
  1. Quintessential fashion doll – where did this claim come from?
  2. Role model for Girl Scouts – another claim unsupported by evidence. And if ever this is true, what makes it dangerous? What makes it any different from a scout idolizing "Dora the Explorer" or "Xena: The Warrior Princess?"
  3. Sexualizes young girls – this one is really pulling it off from planet Mars. How did Barbie do this? Through the clothes she wears? Maybe we should cover it up with a burka then.
  4. Idealizes an impossible body type – who says that the body type was possible? Ask some Girl Scout in your neighbourhood and they will tell you in all their honesty that they did not entertain thoughts of simulating the exaggerated slimness of Barbie. So what do you suggest? A fat Barbie with extended belly and triple chins?
  5. Undermines the courage, confidence and character of girls – well, if there is one thing that Barbie undermines are those overweight, pudgy-looking and patch-riddled-skin women who can never be considered ‘fit’ by an average person and never possess the almost ‘toned’ body of a doll.
While many hold gripes about Barbie’s reputation for sexualizing the different career uniform she wears (in her 55 years she has been outfitted for more than 135 different jobs – most with pink accents or accessories), majority of consumers think putting Barbie in the Girl Scout uniform is a great way to get girls involved with the organization.

"I think if girls didn’t identify with Barbie, it might create a problem for us as parents," one mom said on the Today show, "but girls love them. They represent what they love, it’s a win-win."

Hence, for those who oppose the Girl Scout Barbie, "Girl Scouts Want Barbie, So Deal With It."

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26 August 2014

The Man Who Saved Hundreds of Children, Part 2

(Last of two parts)

Czech Children
When Nicholas Winton decided that he had to do something to help in repatriating children from danger zones before World War 2 breaks out in 1938, he knew that it will not be easy.

After his Prague office was swamped by hundreds of parents who place the future of their children in his hands, Winton contacted the governments of nations he thought could take in the children. Only Sweden and the English government said yes. Great Britain even promised to accept children under the age of 18 as long as he found homes and guarantors who could deposit £50 for each child to pay for their return home.

On 14 March 1939, Winton had his first successful operation. The first transport of children left Prague for Britain by airplane. Winton managed to organize seven more transports that departed from Prague's Wilson Railway Station. The groups then crossed the English Channel by boat and finally ended their journey at London's Liverpool Street station. At the station, British foster parents waited to collect their charges. Winton, who organized their rescue, was set on matching the right child to the right foster parents.

The last trainload of children left on 2 August 1939, bringing the total of rescued children to 669. It is impossible to imagine the emotions of parents sending their children to safety, knowing they may never be reunited, and impossible to imagine the fears of the children leaving the lives they knew and their loved ones for the unknown.

On 1 September 1939 the biggest transport of children was to take place, but on that day Hitler invaded Poland, and all borders controlled by Germany were closed. This put an end to Winton's rescue efforts. Winton has said many times that the vision that haunts him most to this day is the picture of hundreds of children waiting eagerly at Wilson Station in Prague for that last aborted transport.

"Within hours of the announcement, the train disappeared. None of the 250 children aboard was seen again. We had 250 families waiting at Liverpool Street that day in vain. If the train had been a day earlier, it would have come through. Not a single one of those children was heard of again, which is an awful feeling," Winton recalled.

After the war, Nicholas Winton didn't tell anyone, not even his wife Grete about his wartime rescue efforts. In 1988, a half century later, Grete found a scrapbook from 1939 in their attic, with all the children's photos, a complete list of names, a few letters from parents of the children to Winton and other documents. She finally learned the whole story.

Today the scrapbooks and other papers are held at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, in Israel.

Grete shared the story with Dr. Elisabeth Maxwell, a Holocaust historian and the wife of newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell. Robert Maxwell arranged for his newspaper to publish articles on Winton's amazing deeds.

Winton's extraordinary story led to his appearance on Esther Rantzen's BBC television program, “That's Life”. In the studio, emotions ran high as Winton's "children" introduced themselves and expressed their gratitude to him for saving their lives. Because the program was aired nationwide, many of the rescued children also wrote to him and thanked him. Letters came from all over the world, and new faces still appear at his door, introducing themselves by names that match the documents from 1939.

Today, after he was knighted by the Queen of England for his work, Sir Nicholas Winton, age 105, resides at his home in Maidenhead, Great Britain. He still wears a ring given to him by some of the children he saved. It is inscribed with a line from the Talmud, the book of Jewish law. It reads:

"Save one life, save the world."

Other notable heroes during that time include the following:
  1. Dimitar Peshev – a Bulgarian diplomat, Minister of Justice (1935-1936), before World War II. He rebelled against the pro-Nazi cabinet and prevented the deportation of Bulgaria's 48,000 Jews.
  2. Chiune Sugihara – a Japanese diplomat who in 1940 wrote travel visas that allowed more than 6,000 Jewish refugees to escape from Lithuania.
  3. Irena Sendler – a Polish nurse/social worker who smuggled some 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto.
  4. Aristides de Sousa Mendes – a Portuguese diplomat issued visas to thousands of refugees fleeing Bordeaux, France.
  5. Walter Süskind – a Dutch factory manager who helped about 600 Jewish children escape the Holocaust.
  6. Angel Sanz Briz – a Spanish diplomat posted in Budapest who saved 5,200 Hungarian Jews from Nazi persecution by providing them with Spanish documents so that they could leave Hungary.
  7. Giorgio Perlasca – an Italian who posed as the Spanish consul-general to Hungary in the winter of 1944, and saved 5218 Jews from transportation to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
  8. Oskar Schindler – an ethnic German industrialist, German spy, and member of the Nazi party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories.

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